What is Pupil Premium?
The Pupil Premium is a government initiative that targets additional funding at pupils considered to be from disadvantaged backgrounds because research has shown that such pupils can underachieve compared to others. The money is provided to ensure that schools are able to support these pupils in achieving their full potential.
The government have used pupils who are entitled to Free School Meals (FSM) as an indicator of disadvantage and they allocate a fixed amount of money per pupil to schools each financial year based upon the number of pupils who have been registered for FSM at any point during the previous six years.
An amount of money is also allocated to pupils who are looked after by the Local Authority (LAC) and pupils who have a parent/parents who are serving in the armed forces.
The government does not dictate how this money should be spent but we are expected to employ strategies that we are confident will diminish the difference in attainment between those pupils who are considered to be disadvantaged and those who are not. We are accountable for this allocation of resources and must demonstrate that pupils in receipt of Pupil Premium achieve and progress well at our school.